OTTAWA – The Illinois Department of Transportation will seek early input into the development of its upcoming Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2015-20.
Informational and feedback sessions will be in communities throughout the state.
The public meeting for the IDOT District 3 area, which includes Bureau, DeKalb, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall, La Salle and Livingston counties, will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Morris Municipal Services Facility, 700 N. Division St., Morris.
The meeting, which was announced by Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider, is designed to give residents and businesses in the area a chance to better understand and weigh in on project priorities over the next five to seven years.
“As we proactively plan for the next multimodal program, we want the public to know how valuable their feedback is to maintain and improve our state’s infrastructure,” Schneider said. “We encourage the public to take this opportunity to share with us what their transportation needs are to ensure our transportation system continues to serve them in the best way possible.”
Also called the Multi-Year Program, this planning and programming guide for transportation is based on current estimates of local, federal and state funding, including funding from Gov. Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, enacted in 2009.
The MYP for the current FY 2014-19 totals about $9.5 billion for the state road and bridge systems alone, and focuses on maintenance and improvement of the road system and any interconnected modal systems such as transit, rail, or bike facilities, as appropriate.
Public meetings will be conducted informally, with no formal presentation planned. IDOT staff will be present to answer any questions related to the multimodal program, planning and project development process. The public will have an opportunity to comment in writing on the development of the proposed MYP, existing programming procedures and other information.
IDOT also will present the latest developments on the first statewide Illinois Bicycle Transportation Plan. This long-range planning document will guide future policy decisions and infrastructure improvements to make cycling a safer, more convenient and more accessible transportation option for Illinois residents and visitors. For information on the Illinois State Bike Plan, visit www.illinoisbikeplan.com.
Comment sheets will be provided for those in attendance who wish to provide a written statement on the MYP and the statewide bicycle plan.
Comments received at this meeting or sent to the District 3 Office at 700 East Norris Drive, Ottawa, by Nov. 1 will be included in the meeting record.
These meetings will be accessible to individuals with disabilities.
For a complete list of meetings statewide, please visit http://www.dot.il.gov/opp/outreach/outreach.html.